HARLEM (WPIX)—On a night when communities across the city and country celebrated fighting against crime and gun violence, thugs hit New York City streets with guns blazing.
Cops responded to least four shootings over a three-hour span in the city on "National Night Out," an evening that saw people come out in their neighborhoods to rally against crime and guns. It's ironic and senseless.
Cops say around 2 a.m., two women -- an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old -- were shot and a man was shot in the arm. The unidentified victims were rushed to area hospitals, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Sources tell PIX11 News a male suspect was firing shots at someone else and hit the three innocent bystanders. Two guys were taken into custody and held at the precinct, and sources tell PIX11 News cops think they have the shooter.
As the sun came up, police found a handgun believed to be used in the shooting.
It was not the only shooting in Harlem. At about 11:30 p.m. an unidentified man was shot and wounded at 114th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
But there's more.
Just after 11 p.m., three more people were shot at 216th Street and Barnes Avenue in the Bronx. A man and a woman suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, and a 14-year-old girl was shot in the leg. All are expected to survive.
The bullets flew in Brooklyn, too, where a 31-year-old man was shot in the hip and leg. He was taken to Brookdale Medical Center, where he is expected to recover.
At least eight people were shot as the summer of senseless shootings continues, even on "National Night Out."